Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1291

Tree
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in NC)

Look for it in maritime forests, marsh edges, and other near-coastal communities, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Evergreen
Compound: strongly costapalmate

FLOWER:
Summer
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
3 sepals
3 petals
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Fall
Drupe

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Arecales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Sabal palmetto   FAMILY Arecaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Sabal palmetto   FAMILY Arecaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 031-02-002:
Sabal palmetto   FAMILY Arecaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Sabal palmetto

 

COMMON NAME:
Cabbage Palmetto


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JK Marlow    jkm0303a_23

March    Beaufort County    SC

Hunting Island State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm0303b_01

March    Beaufort County    SC

Hunting Island State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm0303b_03

March    Beaufort County    SC

Hunting Island State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm0303b_07

March    Beaufort County    SC

Hunting Island State Park

Branchless palm tree to 65' tall, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

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JK Marlow    jkm0303e_12

March    Beaufort County    SC

Hunting Island State Park

Leaf segments filamentous on margin and usually at tip, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.


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JK Marlow    jkm0303e_19

March    Beaufort County    SC

Hunting Island State Park

Leaves have a prominent arching midrib, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.

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JK Marlow    jkm0303f_21

March    Beaufort County    SC

Hunting Island State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm090514_042

May        

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JK Marlow    jkm170520_971

May    Calhoun County    SC

In cultivation

Fruits shiny, black, dry, 6-12mm in diameter, with one brown seed, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.

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JK Marlow    jkm170520_977

May    Calhoun County    SC

In cultivation

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JK Marlow    jkm170520_978

May    Calhoun County    SC

In cultivation

Flowers [and furit] in large, much-branched, drooping clusters, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.

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Keith Bradley    kab_sabal_palmetto_72400

July    Miami-Dade County    FL

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Keith Bradley    kab_sabal_palmetto_79830

September    Highlands County    FL

Kissimmee Prairie State Park

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Keith Bradley    kab_sabal_palmetto_79831

September    Highlands County    FL

Kissimmee Prairie State Park

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Sonny Eppes    cwe_beachsun15lr

November    Charleston County    SC

Trunk generally of uniform diameter from base to summit, constant with age, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.